Oklahoma football: It’s hard to be humble when you’re No. 1

Since suffering a 21-point loss to then No.3-ranked Ohio State three weeks into the 2016 season, the Oklahoma football team has reeled off 12 consecutive wins and this week sits at No. 2 in the Associated Press Top 25.

Only Alabama stands in front of the Sooners and the top spot in the land. Only Ohio State has been ranked No. 1 in the AP poll more weeks (105) than the Sooners (102) in the 81 years the weekly college football poll has been in existence.

While the Sooners are No. 2 this week in the national rankings, they are No. 1 in a number of statistical categories.

  • Oklahoma’s current 12-game winning streak, which should grow to a baker’s dozen (no pun intended) after this weekend, is the longest active streak in the nation. Six of those 12 wins have been against teams that were ranked at the time the game was played, including last week’s dominant decision over No. 2 Ohio State.
  • The Sooners’ 12 consecutive wins is the 10th longest in OU football history. The Sooners also own the longest college-football win streak: 47 straight wins from the third game of the 1953 season through the seventh game of the 1957 season.
  • Since defeating TCU 52-46 on Oct. 1 a year ago, Oklahoma ranks No. 1 in the nation in touchdowns from scrimmage (72) and total touchdowns (75) and leads all Power Five schools (second nationally) with 558 total points and an average of 46.0 points per game.
  • Among college quarterbacks who have played at least two games this season, the Sooners’ Baker Mayfield ranks first in the nation in passing efficiency rating (228.8) and pass completion percentage (83.5) and second in passing yards per attempt (13.0).
  • Since Oct. 1 last season, or during Oklahoma’s 12-game win streak, Mayfield leads the country (among quarterbacks with at least 100 pass attempts) in pass completion percentage, passing touchdowns, yards per pass attempt, touchdown percentage and passing efficiency rating.
  • Oklahoma is the highest scoring team of all-time in college football. Only three Sooner teams averaged more points than last season’s OU team, which averaged 43.9.